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Billy Name: The Silver Age
Black and White Photographs from Andy Warhol's Factory
Edited by Dagon James. Introduction by Glenn O'Brien. Foreword by John Cale. Text by Brigid Berlin, Bibbe Hansen, Diane Di Prima, Danny Fields, Robert Heide, Gerard Malanga, Allen Midgette, Viva and Mary Woronov.
This breathtaking tome is the definitive and comprehensive collection of Billy Name’s black-and-white photographs from Warhol’s Factory. Name’s photographs from this period (1964–68) are one of the most important photographic documents of any single artist in history. Name lived in a tiny closet at the Factory. He was responsible for the legendary “silverizing” of the space using aluminum paint and foil to complete the instillation. When Warhol gave Name a Pentax Honeywell 35mm camera, he took on the role of resident photographer and archivist. This visual essay, produced in collaboration with Billy name, offers an extensive trip through Warhol’s world. Name photographed the day-to-day happenings at The Factory with Andy, including visits from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Ivy Nicholson and Bob Dylan, and filming Screen Tests and features such as Chelsea Girls, Vinyl and My Hustler.
“Billy's book will go down in history as the best book about Warhol … [he] invented the term 'Factory Foto.' He was the first and he was the last Factory photographer. Period." –Gerard Malanga
Dagon James is a New York based archivist, editor and curator. He is the founder and publisher of Lid magazine and fine art imprint The Waverly Press; the publisher of limited edition books and prints; and he works with museums and galleries worldwide.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Billy Name: The Silver Age.'
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
The New York Times
His photographs — he took thousands, in a moody, high-contrast black and white — did more than just capture Warhol’s retinue, his “superstars”: Edie Sedgwick, Brigid Berlin, Gerard Malanga, Mario Montez, Mary Woronov, Ondine, and Bibbe Hansen. They also documented the larger scene around the Factory, including fellow artists like Ray Johnson, Jasper Johns and John Cage; the members of the Velvet Underground; the filmmaker Barbara Rubin; and admirers like Bob Dylan and Salvador Dalí.
The Gay and Lesbian Review
Name photographed everything and everyone, for the most part candidly, though there are a few posed compositions. This gives the book a powerful feeling of a documentary, of being in the moment with Warhol and his band of artists as they created their own counter-cultural universe.
Country & Town House
There are few others that got a better, or closer look in to the mysterious goings-on of Warhol’s Factory. Lucky for us, Andy gave Billy a Pentax Honeywell 35mm camera, with which he documented all that he saw during his time living in a tiny closet in the studio.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/19/2016
Billy Name, photographer, filmmaker and Warhol archivist / Superstar has died at the age of 76. "Billy was responsible for the silver at the Factory," Andy Warhol is quoted in Billy Name: The Silver Age, Reel Art Press's monumental 448-page collection of black-and-white photographs from the Factory years. "He covered the crumbling walls and the pipes in different grades of silver foil—regular tinfoil in some areas, and a higher grade of mylar in others. He bought cans of silver paint and sprayed everything with it, right down to the toilet bowl. Why he loved silver so much I don't know. But it was great, it was the perfect time to think silver. Silver was the future, it was spacey. The astronauts wore silver suits—Sheppard, Grissom, and Glenn had already been up in them, and their equipment was silver too. And silver was also the past—the silver screen, Hollywood actresses photographed in silver sets. Maybe more than anything, silver was narcissism—mirrors were backed with silver." continue to blog
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